By David Webb – Staff Writer

Cocktail party to be held in exotic Maya exhibit

AIDS Arms kicks off the 2006 LifeWalk season on May 3 at 6 p.m. with a cocktail party at the Dallas World Aquarium in downtown.

The event will be held in the Maya exhibit, which depicts the waters of the Yucatan’s gulf coast and the highland rain forests, said Margaret Byrne, special events coordinator for AIDS Arms.

“It’s full of flamingos and sharks and leopards,” Byrne said. “It’s a really cool space.”

Entertainment will be provided by the Booker T. Washington High School Latin Music Ensemble.

Former State Representative Harryette Ehrhardt is the honorary chairwoman for the 16th annual LifeWalk. She will speak at the party.

Bill Carter is chair and Ray Warner is co-chair of LifeWalk, which is the agency’s largest fundraiser.

Two teams will be recognized for their contributions to LifeWalk over the years. The Guys and Dolls Team will be honored for raising the most money almost $200,000 over 10 years and the Green Team will be honored as the oldest group for its 15 years of service.

“It should be a fun, fun evening,” Byrne said.

Byrne said the kick-off party for LifeWalk is returning to the Dallas World Aquarium after an absence of several years.

“Now, that we are back at Lee Park and moved the event to a Sunday, we just felt it was time to take the kick-off party back home also,” Byrne said. “We’re delighted to be down at the aquarium again.”

LifeWalk returned to Lee Park last year, but the event was held on Saturday. This year, the coordinators decided to hold the event on Sunday and hold an afternoon long festival in the park in the hope that it would attract more visitors.

About 3,000 people participated in LifeWalk last year, but Byrne said she expects that to at least double that with the Sunday afternoon forum.

For more information about LifeWalk or the kick-off party call 214-521-5191 ext. 314.

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, April 21, 2006. техническое обслуживание сайта ценасервис для проверки позиций сайта